The work of Lakeshore Collegiate Institute CyberARTS students is currently being displayed in the galleries of Lakeshore Arts for the very first time.
The Generation Why? exhibit, featuring the mixed-media and sculptural installation pieces of 11 LCI students alongside the work of artist Paul Dickens, will be on display in the Smith Zone Gallery at Lakeshore Arts, 2242 Lake Shore Blvd. W. until Jan. 31.
The student exhibit, said Lakeshore Arts’ Program Manager Bebhinn Jennings, explores the relationship between technology and nature.
“It’s looking at technology and melding medias that are more traditional with new digital medias as well, so we have painting, we have photography – with lots of Photoshop exploration – and we have a really amazing video, which is pieced together with a Strauss waltz,” she said, lauding the Grade 11 project as ‘gorgeous’.
“There’s also a TV installation...all using these decals that have been painted and illustrated on, so that the TV static fuzzes through the imagery. It’s a really nice melding of traditional arts and this old technology.”
The CyberARTS program at LCI is a four-year program that “combines traditional art and digital technology with a fast-paced, hands-on approach.” Lakeshore Arts is a regular collaborator with both the school and the program, Jennings said.
“Lakeshore Arts has a long-standing relationship with LCI...bringing artists into the school and working with the CyberARTS students, and helping promote and exhibit their work,” she said.
In addition to the student work, the exhibit also features Quantum Doodles by local artist Paul Dickens.
Lakeshore Arts chose to showcase Dickens’ work alongside the student exhibit, Jennings said, because of the digital, “cubic technology feel” to Dickens’ hand-drawn pictures.
“Visually, when you look at them, it’s almost like those posters where you have to stare at it for a really long time and then an image pops out – it’s all really bright, vivid colours drawn with gel pens,” she remarked. “There’s a real Op art (optical art) look to them.”
The joint exhibit will be on display until Jan. 31. The gallery is open Monday to Friday 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, go to www.lakeshorearts.ca or call 416-201-7093.